This winter has been fairly dry, meaning that we horse owners have been able to avoid the worst of the mud, but the flip side is that in some areas of the country it has resulted in hard ground. This impacts on our equine’s joints as the hard ground can be highly concussive. When this is combined with a colder, damper climate it can be a recipe for stiff joints for our horses and ponies.
Our horse's joints act to facilitate movement and absorb impact and over time joints naturally suffer wear and tear so must be supported! Taking good care of your equine's joints can help to ensure your horse or pony remains comfortable and happy in their work helping to minimise pain and prolonging their ridden career.
Symptoms of equine joint discomfort includes such as; stiffness, reluctance to exercise, heat or swelling around a joint, lameness and obvious pain upon movement or flexion of a joint. If you suspect that your horse is struggling with joint pain it is always wise to call your veterinarian in order to properly diagnose the root cause of the problem and the decide the choice of treatment but there are plenty preventative steps horse owners can take to keep joint issues at bay!
The synovial joints are the highest risk area due to them being the most mobile and therefore more susceptible to injury. It is the job of the lubricated cartilage to absorb the impact placed on the joint as the horse moves – if this is affected, the friction can cause the joints to wear as a result. Regular exercise is wise in order to keep joints supple but ensure if you do have an equine with a joint problem warm up gradually and be sure to avoid any hard work or excessive strain. If you are hacking out be aware of the ground condition as hard ground or rough terrain which your equine is not accustomed to will place more stress and strain on the joints. After a long, strenuous ride always cool them down gradually and allow your horse a day off in order for your equine to rest and recover properly reducing any chance of problems.
And remember there really isn't a truer sentiment than 'no foot no horse' so keep your horse's hooves well trimmed and balanced in order to limit the risk of joint problems!
Just like us in cold weather our equine's joints often suffer more during cold weather and our horses and ponies often display an increased level of stiffness in their movement. Colder weather also appears to play a role in troublesome joints causing more problems. Though at this stage scientists are not 100% sure what causes cold weather to increase joint pain symptoms, one of the leading theories is that it is caused by a drop in air pressure, known as barometric pressure. A reduction in barometric pressure changes the weight of the atmosphere which surrounds us and our animals and in colder weather this pressure reduction allows body’s tissues to expand and therefore in turn placing more pressure on stiff joints.
Horse Joint Right Supreme designed and produced by Scientific Nutritional Products is an ideal additional to the diet to support joint health in wintertime. This Horse Joint Supplement incorporates optimum levels of Glucosamine for horses, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid and MSM, all of which help to build equine cartilage, ligaments, tendons and develop synovial fluid alongside helping to cushion and lubricate the joints. Horse Joint Right Supreme also contains Green Lipped Mussel known for its soothing qualities on joints and maintenance of joint cartilage and connective tissue therefore optimising joint function.
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